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A drop in the ocean: Corpora as samples of language

Corpora should be understood as samples of language.

This short lecture introduces corpora as samples of language. It is a lecture from new programmes offered by Lancaster University: MA programme, PGCert in Corpus linguistics.

The programmes include a specialised module on ‘Corpus design ad data collection’, which can be taken for credit either separately or as part of the MA or PGCert. The module develops key skills in corpus design and data collection. Building on a long tradition of corpus development at Lancaster University and providing specific examples from recent projects such as the British National Corpus 2014, Guangwai Lancaster Corpus of L2 Chinese or Trinity Lancaster Corpus, the module offers both theoretical knowledge and practical skills for the students to be able to build their own corpus.

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Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation

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